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Lei Lady Lei: Lei maker Leilani Kanaauano Huggins - Easy ReaderTuesday, August 15, 2017
Palapalai from his home in Hilo. Her cousins’ neighbor gave her highly coveted, yellow Oahu Mamo Lehuas. Huggins found purple Anthuriums at a farmers market in Honolulu. From her godfather’s home in Torrance, she had brought over purple Stathis and Oregon moss.At her uncle’s suggestion, Huggins planned to enter an a’i lei in the beginners division. Her lei would have nine different flowers and ferns, including the Palapalai from Hilo and Oregon moss from Torrance.She also planned to enter an a’i lei in the silver and white division. But her uncle didn’t like the flowers she had gathered and suggested, instead, that she enter the more prestigious red and pink division. In deference to her uncle, a third generation leis maker and veteran of many May Day Lei Celebrations, she followed his advice. But she didn’t have any pink and red flowers. “So I had to scramble all over the island on Saturday to find pink Clerodendrum and Bougainvillea and red Lehua ula ula and Ohi’a,” she said.Lei ribbons from the May Day Lei Competition. Photo by John EnglishThat was the reason she was just finishing her first two leis at 3 a.m Monday morning.For the papale lei Huggins’ sister then insisted she make and offered to work with her on through the the night, Huggins interwove purple Statice she had bought at the LA Flower Mart and the purple Anthuriums from the Honolulu farmers market with the yellow Moas from her uncle and the yellow Mamo Lehuas from the Maunalani neighbors. “I paint and from studying art at El Camino I know the color wheel and that helps in my designs. Plus, I’m a Laker fan. And those were the only flowers I had left,” she said. Purple and Yellow are complementary colors. Uncle Moses showed her how to conceal the required, two-inch loop so when her leis hung the judges would see only flowers.At 7 a.m. Monday morning, Huggins joined a line of hundreds of fellow lei makers at Queen Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Their leis soon filled an exhibition area the size of a football field.“It was intimidating,” she said. Huggins had saved for a year to pay for the trip and had no expectations of winning a ribbon. “I just went for the experience,” she said. Shortly after noon, the lei makers and public were invited into the exhibition area. The judges’ top three selections in each division hung at the front of the hundreds of other entries. The blue, red and white ribbons, representing first, second and third places, were as long as the leis.Huggins and her family rushed first to the beginners competition area. A blue ribbon hung next to her green and brown lei. The California Girl, as she quickly became known as, was the first mainlander in the 90 year history of the May Day Lei Competition to win a blue ribbon. Huggins student Shimamoto placed second.Then, she and her family went to the red and pink competition area. A red ribbon hung next to her lei. Huggins hugged her uncle.The anxiety she had felt in line that morning, when she questioned if she was good enough even to enter the prestigious competition, had given way to euphoria. “I just wanted to make my family proud. I wanted them to know that even though I had moved away, I was still a Hawaiian,” Huggins said.The euphoria remained with Huggins all the way across the field to the papale lei exhibition area. Then she burst into tears. A blue ribbon hung next to her purple and yellow lei her sister had convinced her to make. A red ribbon hung next...
Learn how to make your own flower arrangements at these classes in LA - Time Out Los Angeles (blog)Tuesday, March 28, 2017
They also offer a Wednesday night wedding series workshop where you can learn to make centerpieces, table accents, bouquets and boutonnieres. 2675 Skypark Dr, Torrance. $85 per classLos Angeles City College: If one day isn't going to do it for you, LACC offers a series of three to five classes. Learn the basics of wedding, holiday and special occasion arrangement during Floral Design I and II, or take Ikebana: Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement, where you'll be taught the Japanese-style of flower arranging. 855 N Vermont Ave. $105-155 per seriesBloom & Plume: For a private experience, Maurice Harris of Bloom & Plume will teach you and a group of 5-15 people the ins and outs of creating one of his abundant and colorful arrangements. $150 per person.Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Tropical Gardening: Protea flowers are a rare treat from Down Under - Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)Tuesday, January 08, 2019
This latter method is especially suited to types that have a tendency to bend over as they lose their freshness.If you are not familiar with Protea, ask your local florist to show you the various types now being produced, what each is called and how long they will last. If you’re looking for something special, Proteas are worth checking out.Other long-lasting floral gifts include dendrobium, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, birds of paradise, heliconias and other flowering Hawaii exotics.ADVERTISING For more information about the Protea family, contact your local UH College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service office in Hilo or Kona.Several books also are available, such as Sunset’s “Western Garden Book,” to give you tips for growing these amazing plants. Share this story... https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/10/21/features/tropical-gardening-protea-flowers-are-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/
Team flower power | News, Sports, Jobs - The Adirondack Daily EnterpriseTuesday, January 08, 2019
SHOW ARTICLE -- A Canna plant stands out with striking color on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. These subtropical plants are wintered carefully by Scott’s Florist co-owners Kathy and Roger Steinbrueck.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) Petunias bloom in a barrel in downtown Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) Flowers brighten Broadway, Saranac Lake, in front of the village parking lot beside Berkeley Green.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) A Canna plant stands out with striking color on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. These subtropical plants are wintered carefully by Scott’s Florist co-owners Kathy and Roger Steinbrueck.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) SARANAC LAKE — They fill the downtown streets with vibrant life, hanging off of buildings, sitting on the corners, on sidewalks and in parks. Flowers — you can’t go anywhere in the village without running into them. Filling the streets with flowers is no small feat, and it takes a dedicated group of volunteers and village employees to organize the beautification project, plant t... http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2018/09/team-flower-power/
Silver Lake says goodbye to Tokio Florist and a Japanese-American legacy - The Eastsider LATuesday, January 08, 2019
Silver Lake — Bargain hunters, neighbors and old friends swarmed over the 100-year-old Tudor-style home that for decades housed the Kozawa family and their business – Tokio Florist.An estate sale provided an opportunity to explore the overgrown grounds and creaky house on Hyperion Avenue that has intrigued passersby in the busy commercial hub.Wedged between Jersey Mike’s and the Trader Joe’s parking lot, the two-story home is mostly hidden from view by shrubs, trees and other greenery. Out front, a faded and rusted Tokio Florist sign rises above the sidewalk.On Friday afternoon, Susie Kozawa watched as strangers wandered through the house she grew up in with her parents and grandmother. The visitors sorted through boxes and displays of everything from kitchenware and old Playboy magazines to pieces of Bauer pottery and florist ribbons, vases and other supplies.“It’s a privilege to be in the house,” one woman told Kozawa. “I’ve seen this house not knowing [what was inside] when I went to Trader Joe’s. All this, oh my god, it’s so fabulous, so wonderful.”Tokio Florist was originally loca... https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2018/11/silver-lake-says-goodbye-to-tokio-florist-and-a-japanese-american-legacy/
Enderby florist pick of B.C.'s crop - Princeton Similkameen Spotlight - Similkameen SpotlightTuesday, January 08, 2019
An Enderby florist is again blooming as one of B.C.’s best.Crocus Floral Design has picked up the award for Best Wedding Florist- Overall, for the second year in a row at the B.C. Professional Wedding Awards.See: Enderby florist wins Best in B.C. Owner Janice Robillard“So honoured to be chosen as B.C.’s Best Wedding Florist Overall,” said owner Janice Robillard.The winning design came from a wedding with Kelowna’s Vintage Origami Weddings, a finalist in the awards.“This was the best wedding ever with the most amazing team of people involved,” said Robillard. “We are all winners.”From the photographer, “who captured the hearts of the judges I am sure,” to the, “fantastic bride and groom,” and Vintage Origami’s decor. “who’s dreams and visions are always a pleasure to create.”Crocus Floral Design opened five years ago in the North Okanagan and has since been recognized locally and provincially.See:... https://www.similkameenspotlight.com/business/enderby-florist-pick-of-b-c-s-crop/
Heights Flower Shoppe Voted Top Florist in Bergen County - TAPinto.netTuesday, January 08, 2019
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Heights Flowers Shoppe and Tea Room on the Boulevard was named one of the best local businesses in the florist category in the Best of Bergen Readers' Choice Award as by a local magazine.Owner Ray Vorisek wasn't aware that the business was being considered for the honor."It just happened," he said. "It was a nice surprise."Sign Up for E-NewsAs part of the award, Vorisek and the shop will have the opportunity to be featured at an event celebrating all the winners at MetLife Stadium in the fall. Vorisek and Heights Flower Shoppe has been in town for 32 years. He attributed his success in business to his customers and "staff who have been with him for years." He is also the President of the Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce.Even though noted in the award, Vorisek closed the Victorian Tea House (its complete name) earlier this year. The Tea House was a private room on the second floor available for people to explore and sample the finer points of teas from around the world. He plans to revamp the space an... https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hasbrouck-heights-slash-wood-ridge-slash-teterboro/articles/heights-flower-shoppe-voted-top-florist-in-bergen